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Alcoa Middle’s Blankenship defines class after championship loss

Alcoa Middle eighth-grader Brody Blankenship sets sail on a memorable touchdown against Gibbs earlier this season. Photos by Brian Elrod

By Stefan Cooper
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Did he break the plane?

Did the ball come out before Bearden Middle’s Sam Tummins crossed the goal line?

Three people — Tummins, Alcoa linebacker Brody Blankenship and the linesman at the Tornado goal line — saw it better than anyone.

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